| 2016 – 110′ – Drama, History.
Written by: Sabrina B. Karine, Alice Vial, Pascal Bonitzer, Anne Fontaine.
Directed by: Anne Fontaine.
Lou de Laâge, Agata Buzek, Agata Kulesza, Vincent Macaigne, Joanna Kulig.
Official Selection Sundance International Film Festival 2016.
Official Competition COLCOA 2016 (winner Audience Award).
In French with English subtitles.
A Music Box Films release. |

Premiering at the 2016 Sundance Film festival under the original title Agnus Dei, The Innocents is a WWII film with a fresh, feminine perspective. Set in the ruins of 1945 Poland after hostilities have ceased, the drama unfolds in a Benedictine convent, where the sisters try to maintain a tenuous grip on their faith after the chaos of war upends their cloistered existence. Mathilde, a young French Red Cross doctor is convinced to break protocol and make a house call at the convent. What she finds there disturbs her – a pregnant nun in the midst of a complicated labor. More shocking still, she discovers several more novice nuns in various stages of pregnancy, and a headstrong Mother Superior (Agata Kulesza, Ida) refusing medical assistance for fear that if word gets out the convent’s future will be jeopardized. Secular and thoroughly modern, what Mathilde lacks in religious conviction she makes up for in compassion and decency, but she is ill prepared to confront the corrosive feelings of abandonment and shame overwhelming these servants of God.



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